Raiders release WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DB Michael Huff

By Ryan Wilson |

First, we're working from the premise that the Raiders' Twitter account hasn't been hacked. That said, on a day in which teams are throwing money at free agents, the Raiders have taken a different approach. Namely, they're cutting guys. And not your run-of-the-mill backups occupying roster spots 50-53. These are some high-profile names.

More from the team:

"The Raiders would like to thank Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey for their contributions to our organization, both on the field and especially in our community, over the last several years. We sincerely wish them well in their future endeavors."

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Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive back Michael Huff were both first-rounders drafted in the Al Davis era in large part because -- you guessed it -- they could run really fast.

Heyward-Bey, the seventh-overall pick in 2009, caught 140 passes for 2,071 yards (and 11 TDs) in his four-year career. A solid receiver, he never emerged as a legitimate deep threat. Huff was also drafted seventh overall -- in 2006 -- and has played both safety and cornerback during his seven-year career (including 11 interceptions, 55 passes defended).

In other Raiders-related news, the team apparently won't be keeping one of the players they had hoped to. Linebacker Philip Wheeler has signed with the Dolphins, according to a PFT report.

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